Issue 20: 24th February 2012

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    Orbitz Worldwide increases hotel focus

    Orbitz Worldwide , which includes Europe’s ebookers brand, is increasingly turning its focus to hotel sales to boost revenues. The company saw its fourth-quarter loss narrow on the year, while disappointing forecasts pushed its share price down. But it reported total hotel gross bookings up around 4%, as an increase in daily rate offset a [...]
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    Ctrip makes local investment as profits drop

    Ctrip has reported a 16% fall in fourth-quarter profit to CNY252.5m (USD40m), from CNY302.3m, despite an 18% rise in revenues for the period. The announcement came shortly after the company acquired a stake in Songguo.com, a website selling rooms in small and medium hotels and inns throughout China. The deal will increase Ctrip’s dominance of [...]
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    Hotels.com app to earn affiliates cash

    Hotels.com has extended its Hotels WithMe app on Facebook to allow Facebook page owners to earn commission on bookings. The app was originally launched in 2010 and the decision to extend it was taken as the brand, which relies heavily on affiliates, also unveiled new branding to refresh its image in the highly competitive OTA [...]
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    Hotel chains continue OTA fight-back

    Marriott International and InterContinental Hotels & Resorts both took the opportunity of their fourth-quarter results to hail the growth of their brand.com offerings. Marriott and IHG are amongst the founding members behind RoomKey.com, the industry-owned meta-search engine launched in January, designed to encourage consumers to book direct with the chains themselves rather than through OTA [...]